Individual Rights

Knowledge that one’s individual rights, including property rights (understood such that costs are internalized), are secure and will remain so is essential for the investments that make free societies so innovative and productive.

A free society ensures profits are justly earned based on value creation, rather than access to political power or by imposing unjust costs on others.

In fulfilling its appropriate role, the government should protect against violations of our persons and property, enforce contracts and legal decisions, protect against fraud and significant direct negative externalities, and defend the country’s territorial integrity from foreign aggression.

In a free society, government is limited to those activities for which coercion works better than voluntary cooperation and competition, consistent with individual rights. It also is constrained by the rule of law under which every individual and entity is treated equally.

    Individual Rights IN PRACTICE

Individual Rights READINGS

The Framework for a Free Society is not a source of new concepts; rather, it is the recognition of the work of thinkers throughout history. The development of the Framework is grounded in a rich literature of both those texts that have advanced these ideas and those that have provided a contrasting world view. The following are some of the works that influenced the development of the Framework for a Free Society: